If you follow along on Instagram you probably know I arrived back from a 14 day adventure down the West Coast. My mom and sister were with me and I met up with some friends on the last weekend. But before the adventure began, I had a work trip to attend in Chicago while my mom and sister were living it up in Idaho! Seriously, they were – huckleberry vodka was involved! Thankfully, my bestie Julia was able to tag along and honestly it was one of the best parts of the trip! So here is your non-touristy Chicago travel guide!
If you are a small town girl like me you probably have a similar outlook on cities. Too much cement, always surprisingly cold, lots of walking, getting lost, and shopping options that will make you blow your entire trip budget immediately! I had visited Chicago before and done most of the touristy stuff and Julia was down for whatever so we went in with no plan! So here is a guide ranked from super relaxing to not so relaxing for fun exciting things to do in Chicago!
#1 Treat Yo’Self (Super Relaxing)
Since I was going to the beach after Chicago my nails were in dire need of a touch up. Julia and I had already planned to go to get mani pedi’s prior to the trip and found a great little spot called Spa O Club just a block away from our hotel. They had a early bird special of a mani & pedi for only $40 – such a deal!
Another budget friendly pampering option: blowouts! When I was in Nashville last year I got my first blowout and swore it would be on my to do list for every trip going forward. On the last day I was a bit of a hot mess – my meetings got done early and I had 2 hours to kill before leaving for the airport. I ended up trucking my suitcase and two carry on’s to three, count em’ THREE different blowout salons until they could fit me in. Most were booked up so no ill will on the salons since I was last minute. But through my trek I did get a peek into a few of them and would only recommend 2 out of the three. Read more…